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Side Effects of Tocilizumab

Common Side Effects

Tocilizumab has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking the drug were documented and then compared to the side effects that occurred in a similar group of people who were taking a placebo (in this case, an injection with no active ingredient). As a result, it is possible to see what problems occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group using the placebo.
Some of the studies treated people with just tocilizumab, while other studies combined tocilizumab with other medications (such as methotrexate). To help distinguish between side effects caused by tocilizumab and side effects probably caused by the other medications, the following information was taken only from studies that used tocilizumab alone (without combining it with other rheumatoid arthritis medications).
The most common tocilizumab side effects seen in clinical trials with adults included:


In studies with children (age 2 through 17 years old), the most common tocilizumab side effects included upper respiratory tract infections (like the common cold), headache, and diarrhea (exact percentages not available). 


Final Thoughts

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the tocilizumab side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have reactions from a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking tocilizumab or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a reaction to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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